Iconic Vans from TV and the Movies

Many people watch movies for the adrenaline boosting action they are packed with, but no amount of speed, gunshots and explosion can really bring fame to cars used in these scenes. It takes more than special effects to make viewers remember a specific vehicle and view it as an inseparable part of that cinematic experience.

The following is a list of 7 iconic vans from TV shows and movies in the past 3 decades and if you haven’t seen them yet, you can see what they are about in youtube.com previews or piratebay.com torrents.

The Mystery Machine in “Scooby-Doo” appears on almost every “top X vans” list on the Internet. It is easy to see why. Though officially a children’s movie van, this brightly coloured fantasy by Chevy or Volkswagen (depending on the movie) is probably many adult person’s dream.

Mystery Machine

It looks cute and benevolent, but it never fails to nail those sneaky villains. Unfortunately, this van is hardly something you could ever find at your local national van rental service.

Del Boy and Rodney from “Only Fools and Horses” boast their own three-wheeled “beauty”, the Reliant Regal van. Don’t let its bright yellow exterior fool you. It has seen more black-market, tax-evading activity than most other similar vans you see on the streets.

Disco Van from “24 Hour Party People” certainly looks like it has seen some serious partying and makes viewers long for their own disco van where they can listen to Joy Division, New Order, Sex Pistols and Happy Mondays as if the ‘80s never stopped.

There is no forgetting or ever mistaking Mutt Cutts’ van from “Dumb and Dumber” for any other van. Dressed as a dog in gray fur, with ears, nose and red tongue, Mutt Cuts’ van is as wacky as its owner and the entire movie.

dumb and dumber van

Though “Back to the Future” DeLorean time-machine is difficult to compete with, it seems like the Volkswagen Station Wagon driven by Libyan terrorists in the movie has quite a number of fans in the film community. The Station Wagon will certainly be remembered as part of a great trilogy.

Vans can be associated with scary things as well, and Hippie Van from “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” will probably remind us of that for a long time.

GMC Vandura from “The A Team” is another hot-shot that makes all the “celebrity van” lists on the net. The fame probably comes from the van’s “buff” exterior and the surveillance equipment in the back.

Though some of these movies and shows don’t rate well on imdb.com, the rankings apparently don’t have much influence on how a featured van becomes a legend.


Cool Music Venues in London

London is the birthplace of many a music movement, with genres of all kinds exploding onto the national and international scenes with help of some truly iconic London-based music venues that did their own bit to shape the elements of numerous musical themes.

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Who could forget the post-war jazz boom, the UK’s answer to rock and roll and the spontaneous arrival of punk rock, followed later on by the influential electronic age and its offspring which continue to thrive among modern day audiences.

If you’re seeking a taste of some genuine London-based musical heritage, here are five music venues you have to put time aside to visit.

The Lexington

Those with a passion for vibrant and explosive gigs will tell you all about the Lexington with its combination of renowned beverages and highly reputable music acts. There aren’t many other venues that display the Americana theme as well as this beautifully designed club that also features an extensive bar and restaurant.

The drinks menu is as substantial as the London itself, with American craft brewery beers proving a prominent feature. With a capacity of 300+ strong, you’ll experience an atmosphere that’s unparalleled if you’re a fan of classic rock n’ roll, indie or even hip-hop music on occasion.

Dublin Castle

Camden is one of those places that guarantees outstanding musical talent and performances on a regular basis. The Dublin is certainly one of the best venues to experience if you’re looking to discover the musical preferences of those hoping to make a name for themselves in the modern day.

It’s a low key venue that offers little in the way of luxury, yet this is exactly what traditional underground music venues were all about all those years ago. This quaint little pub/music venue combo really is symbolic of music outside of the mainstream and there’s simply no better way to start your London-based music adventures.

Ain’t Nothing But Blues

You’ll find this popular Blues bar in Soho, immediately behind Hamleys in Regent Street. Blues is huge in the US and this is arguably the closest you’ll get to a genuine Blues experience in London.

Since opening in October 1993, Ain’t Nothing But Blues has stayed open every night of the week, welcoming musicians and customers alike to an internationally friendly atmosphere where Blues can be enjoyed alongside a few drinks. Be sure to stop by for a melodic history lesson surrounding the art of Blues and London’s role in its development as a thriving genre.

The Wilmington Arms

The Wilmington Arms in Clerkenwell is highly regarded by many a US rock n’ roll fan as the owners have proven their worth by creating an atmosphere that’s worthy of any classic rock n’ roll club in the States.

“The Wilmo”, as it’s known, has its own army of DIY promoters who ensure every night is a thoroughly enjoyable experience. The bar features a jukebox featuring a plethora of rock n’ roll classics and an outstanding live music venue that welcomes some stand-out local indie acts that would certainly live up to the expectations of the prominently featured Johnny Cash.

Brixton Academy

This is the original academy and the birthplace of many successful London-based musical careers. It’s certainly one of the most imposing venues in the UK and appeals to acts of all sizes. If you don’t fancy taking a chance at some of London’s smaller venues, you can play it safe with Brixton Academy and enjoy some wonderfully talented groups that come from various musical backgrounds.

The Academy has an unrivalled history with some of the largest acts to come out of the UK gracing its stage in the past. The Sex Pistols introduced South London to Punk Rock at Brixton, while the Clash, the Smiths and the Arctic Monkeys are just a few of the other notable acts to play here.

Thanks to Mike James for this selection of London Music venues. Mike is the Content Editor at www.bestvenues.london